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Research Study about the Use of Sound with eBooks #literacy

Yes, this study was funded by Booktrack (a 2011 study), however, I find that the information is fascinating. By setting sound tracks of different mood music, this study showed:

*Virtually all subjects performed moderately to significantly better on information retention tests.

* Subjects reported a strong correlation with interacting with the enhanced platform and an ability to focus.

There are other results on this, but I find this fascinating and find this a very interesting point to consider as ebooks evolve. Will ebook authors attach music to different pages? Will reading become more cinematic and theatrical? All kinds of interesting thoughts here.

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There continues to be a problem that not all books in the Amazon kindle store have real page numbers. If students are expected to cite sources and not allowed to use location numbers, then Amazon can expect the pushback seen on this forum post. Meanwhile, a helpful person on the forum has noted how you can know what to read on the Kindle if your professor or teacher says “read page 80-92” - you can dive into the table of contents on the website and save a copy. This is the only solution. It is time for Amazon to get their act together and have all Kindle ebooks display page numbers if there is a printed copy of the book. If there is not a printed copy of the book, there needs to be a consistent reference point or “page” that all can use for sourcing and citing content.

"1. Look up the book in the in the Amazon Kindle store (where you purchased it).

2. Click on the book where it says “Look Inside.” You want to look at the table of contents, which will have the pages numbers for each chapter.

3. It defaults to the “kindle edition,” which does not have the page numbers in the table of contents. However, there is a tab above that says “Print Book.” Click on that.

4. Once you’re on the “Print Book” display, it shows the page numbers in the TOC.

By doing the above, I was able to determine that “the first 26 pages” = Chapters 1 & 2. I used Evernote to take a screen capture of the entire TOC, which I’ll refer back to.”

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Kindle Education

Some rules have changed as I’ve been reading up on having Kindles at schools. (Back in February I read a spate of posts mentioning that Amazon said that having 6 kindles share one account was just for “personal use” and that libraries can’t do it.) But Amazon does have information on Whispercast which lets you handle distributing books. It is a “free self-service online tool” and I’m thinking that it is something we need to be using. It looks like you can also distribute many of the free ebooks onto Kindles. 

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How to Create a QR to an iBook - Snapguide

Here’s a snapguide for how to create a QR code to an ibook. This would let you put a link in a slide or on a page that would immediately take one to an ibook. (You can do this for kindle books too but would just use the URL as you can’t buy inside the Kindle app on the ipad because Amazon and Apple couldn’t come to terms on Apple’s cut. You can just go to the Amazon webpage for the kindle and when it opens in safari, a person can buy and download from there.)

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E-Ink on a Smartphone? This Android Phone Has 2 Displays

e-ink on one side and a full display on the other — Yota phone — that’s right Yota will use the force its close namesake Yoda would watch with curiousity. We are moving to devices with dual displays and even different types of displays. What if an iPad was a kindle paperwhite-like display on one side for reading - a lower power requirement with an HD power-sucking display on the reverse side? Interesting. this review from Mashable talks about the Yota phone which is a fascinating thought.

Either way — e-ink is in the future for schools, don’t doubt it for a moment. Librarians should be considering how students will be able to check out books on their edevices for many reasons including the inevitability of the demand. I was just talking today with a teacher talking about how Learning Ally, a company contracting to provide service for the US government talking books program, is so much better as an app on the ipad.

Harbinger of things to come.

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